, the Democratic challenger in the District 4 Dallas County Commissioners Court race, can use her
controversial nickname "Rosita" on the November general election ballot, a judge ruled Monday.
Mr. Mayfield filed suit Aug. 31, asking a judge to bar Ms. Renfroe
from using the nickname on the Nov. 7 ballot.
But Mr. Mayfield and his attorneys argued that Ms. Renfroe
began using the nickname only recently to mislead Hispanic voters into voting for her.
...Ms. Renfroe's campaign manager and her daughter testified they had known Ms. Renfroe as Rosita for 25 years.
They also submitted evidence showing that Ms. Renfroe
did not use the nickname in news articles detailing her
political activities dating to the 1970s. Ms. Renfroe, who served one term on the Dallas City Council in the late 1970s, also didn't use the nickname while in office or while running against Mr. Mayfield in 2002, the attorneys said.
lost to Mr. Mayfield in 2002 by fewer than 3,500 votes.
was elated by the judge's decision and called her
opponent's challenge a publicity stunt.
"I think that it was just a ploy on his
could discredit me and take me off the ballot," she